Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

Growing up in California it’s no wonder I have a deep love for Mexican food. Seriously, it’s my favorite.

In the San Joaquin Valley there was no shortage of yummy Mexican restaurants, and they set a high standard. So, now when I make my own versions of my favorite Mexican foods, they have to be good.

When we lived in St. Louis, the area we were in really didn’t have many great Mexican restaurants. Luckily, I have tweaked my recipes enough over the years, that we didn’t really miss the good restaurants. (Unless we just didn’t feel like cooking that night.)

Anyway, this red enchilada sauce is no exception. It is just as good as any restaurant version, but better because I can make it at home and have it anytime I want. Plus, I put it to good use in several different dishes.

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce from Eat It & Say Yum


I start with some oil, flour, chili powder and few other spices. The process is similar to making a roux, to thicken the sauce. Making Red Enchilada Sauce


Add the tomato sauce, and broth. Homemade Enchilada Sauce


Let it come to a boil and then simmer for a little bit. Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

It takes about 15 minutes, but it makes a lot. Plenty for two meals.

Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce by Eat It & Say Yum


Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce


  • 4 Tbs oil- olive, canola, vegetable, etc.
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 2 Tbs chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3-4 dashes chipotle powder
  • 28 oz chicken broth
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil. Whisk in the flour, chili powder, cumin, salt, garlic powder, and chipotle powder. Cook about 1 minute, while stirring.
  2. Slowly whisk in the tomato sauce, stirring until smooth. Add the chicken broth and stir again. Simmer about 10 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Let sauce cool a little before using.

I use this sauce on enchiladas, of course. But I also use it to make my Mexican Rice.

Restaurant Style Mexican Rice

Or on these Chicken Enchilada Nachos.

Chicken Enchilada Nachos- our go-to Sunday snack- great for parties or lunch as well

I use the sauce on my Easy Rice Enchiladas.

Rice Enchiladas with Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce from Eat It & Say Yum

I freeze some of the leftover sauce in an ice cube tray. This way, if I want to make Mexican Rice later, I have the sauce all ready to go. Freezing Enchilada Sauce to use in Mexican Style Rice


See where I link up.


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8 thoughts on “Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

  1. Just made these for Brendon for Fathers Day. I’m not a very good cook but these were foolproof and Brendon really liked them. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Great, Megan! I’m glad you liked them, and that they turned out for you. Thanks for leaving me such a nice comment. 🙂

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